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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 5, 2018?

Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away! 34 free events take place on August 5 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out August 5 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of August . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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34 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on August 5, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Made in NYC: Featuring Klezmer, Irish-American, Afro-Colombian and Guinean Sounds
free events nyc Jazz in the Park with an Award-Winning Trumpeter
free events nyc Yoruba Remixed: Music and Dance Inspired by West African Yoruba Traditions
free events nyc Sax on the Front Porch of a Mansion
free events nyc Rhythms and melodies of Eastern Poland with orchestral jazz harmony
free events nyc Coco (2017): Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film (outdoors)
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Join Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow-moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. Every Sunday from June 3-August 12, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Workshops, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Tai Chi Workshop

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Learn about the park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks along the park’s esplanade. Don’t forget to take photos! Sundays, June 3-September 30, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, River Nature Walk

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These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

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Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Street Fair

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A journey through the vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. Tour guides:  Miriam Berman, historian and the author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks and New York in Words and Images, a book of New York postcards. Fred Cookinham, historian, author of The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist Future World. Mike Kaback, a native New Yorker, has an unquenchable enthusiasm for everything about this city. No advance registration is required. This tour repeats every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Flatiron District Walking Tour

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Adults and kids ages 5 and up learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Sundays, July 1-August 26, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Big City Fishing

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Adults and kids ages 5 and up learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Sundays, July 1-September 30, 2018 (excluding Sep. 23).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Big City Fishing

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Yoga in the garden is back. YMCA instructor Huma Masood will be leading flowing sequences of yoga poses linked together with an emphasis on breathing technique. Be sure to bring your own mat!  Sundays, July 15-August 26, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Yoga in the Garden

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Yoga is back as a summer offering twice a week. Open for all ages. Bring your own mat or borrow one while supplies last, first come first served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Workshops, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Yoga Downtown

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Artist Erwin Wurm has transformed a vintage Volkswagen Microbus into an overstuffed food truck serving free dogs! It's an absurd, yet approachable art experience that will encourage visitors to rethink the fundamental definitions of sculpture. Wurm's choice of the hot dog hints at the gastronomic connections between the City’s most iconic street food and his Austrian homeland, while he considers the act of eating to be an additive sculptural process in its own right.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, The Hot Dog Bus hands out free hot dogs

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No experience is necessary though rowing does require some physical dexterity. Community Rowing events are free sessions that include a basic introduction to rowing for first timers (safety orientation, rowing technique, and terminology) and of course plenty of actual rowing on the Hudson River. The rows take place in five-person wooden rowboats built on site. The rows last, depending on river conditions and crew experience, between one and three hours. Please arrive on-time as the crews will be assigned before 1PM. Bring extra water, a hat, and sunscreen as you will be rowing outdoors in the hot sun. Rowing is weather dependent and will be canceled for high winds, rain, or thunderstorms. All participants must sign a waiver and be able to climb a ladder. Every Sunday from June 10-October 21, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Community Rowing

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Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.  Experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program. You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. Whether you choose to grab a simple bamboo pole at a quiet lake or join more advanced saltwater programs, they have a program that fits your skill level. All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Freshwater Fishing

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Come alone, with a friend, or with the whole family and take a West African Dance Class led by world-renowned master drummer Yahyah Kamate. Yahyah began his training in his native Cote D'Ivoire and has choreographed and danced for such renowned companies as Fotemoban Dance Company, Djensia Group, Camodgen of N’guatta Dolikro Dance Company of Cote d’Ivoire, and Affoubenou Sakassou Dance Company of Senegal. For the past 15 years, he has worked as lead dancer and choreographer for several companies in the United States, including Kulu Mele Dance Company and The Seventh Principle. Sundays, June 24-October 14, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, West African Dance Class

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A “richly inventive, wonderfully perceptive” set of duets (Herald, U.K.) from acclaimed Scottish choreographer Janis Claxton. Over the course of nine encounters, pairs of dancers emerge from the crowds to offer ephemeral glimpses of love and affection, from overt flirtation to secret passions, all set to a gorgeous score by Pippa Murphy. A unanimous hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Duets will delight visitors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Dance Performances, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Duets: 2 Dancers in Rich, Inventive Choreography

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Take a walking tour of the Garden with horticulturist Madeline Byrne and learn about the dozens of plants currently in bloom. Learn about the garden's history and how it compares with the plants found at the New York Botanical Garden, where Madeline Byrne has over 15 years of experience.       
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, What's in Bloom in the Garden? August Tour

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Professor, TV personality, and activist Mila Burns is joined by Ginny Suss and Paola Mendoza, the founders of Women’s March and Resistance Revival Chorus, and legendary Brazilian music producer Béco Dranoff to discuss urgent topics at the crossroads of music, resistance and social justice, sharing their personal experience and perspectives. A discussion bound to interest anyone curious about the powers that affect our societies, and the role that art, artists, and consumers of art play in them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, The New Cultural Shift: Music, Resistance and Social Change

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For this 50th birthday celebration, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance calls upon some of its favorite artists—many of whom got their start with CTMD—for an eclectic, energetic afternoon of music reflecting the diversity of New York City’s neighborhoods. Among the guests are klezmer pioneer Andy Statman, Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, the groundbreaking Afro-Colombian band Grupo Rebolu, and the miraculous Guinean dancer, drummer, and singer Sidiki Conde and his group Tokounou.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Concerts, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Made in NYC: Featuring Klezmer, Irish-American, Afro-Colombian and Guinean Sounds

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The Queens-based Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s returns for a performance featuring traditional Mexican music and dance. The company will perform excerpts from “Boda Mexicana (Mexican Wedding)," including dances from the Yucatán peninsula, the Andean-influenced music from Guerrero, and the Aztec suite “Mexican Tiawi,” which translates to "Mexicans onward." The event also features Alvin Ailey’s Revelations Celebration Community Workshop at 2:00 p.m. Alvin Ailey’s Revelations is the world’s most popular work of modern dance. Learn excerpts from this American classic led by master teacher Nasha Thomas or other former Ailey company members, with live music by an Ailey percussionist and selected props. Join your friends and family – all ages are welcome! Dance for a moment, remember it for a lifetime.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Dance Performances, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Traditional Mexican Folk Music and Dance

Park Walk |


Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Heart of the Park Tour

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The last days of a weary Boston weapons dealer who becomes an informant, even as he continues his illegal gun-running operation for the underworld. Director: Peter Yates. Starring: Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Steven Keats, Alex Rocco.   102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973): crime story followed by a discussion

Book Club |


The Feminist Book Club reads and discusses feminism. They make no claims to any particular feminist platform. They read theoretical texts, literature and primary works. All are welcome inclusive of gender, political persuasion, and familiarity. This month’s book is Women, Race, and Class by Angela Y. Davis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Book Clubs, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Feminist Book Club

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Three very different young up-and-comers showcase the marvelous and myriad stylings of contemporary Brazilian music. BaianaSystem, the dub and Bahian guitar innovators who are a central part of Brazil’s Carnival circuit, have brought millions of people out into the streets with their singular sound. They’re joined by the bandolim guru Hamilton de Holanda and His Trio, who will perform along with the Latin Grammy-nominated artist Roberta Sá, as well as the forward-thinking rhythms of the one and only Xenia França.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Contemporary Brazilian Sounds with Up-and-Coming Stars

Classical Music |


Organist Luca Pollastri has given numerous solo organ recitals, obtaining acclaim from audiences and critics both in Italy and abroad. He has been invited to play in various festivals in France (at Notre-Dame in Paris, on the occasion of the 850th anniversary of the foundation of the Cathedral), in Norway (at the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso), in the USA, UK (London, Queen's College Oxford), Sweden, Switzerland (in the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre in Geneva), and Germany. He has recorded modern organ music for a collection of contemporary composers for the "EurArte" label and composes his own organ and choir music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:15 pm
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Concerts, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Organist from Italy

Jazz |


Come enjoy a late afternoon of live acoustic music presented on the front porch of the mansion. Artist: Saxophonist Jordan Pettay
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Sax on the Front Porch of a Mansion

Dancing |


DJ Rekha—the visionary behind NYC's legendary Basement Bhangra parties—oversees the Heritage Sunday dance party around the Revson Fountain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Heritage Sunday Dance Party

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Psychic Sundays are inclusive, relaxed afternoons of interdisciplinary readings and cosmic insights by mediums, readers and psychics from NYC’s new generation of personal guides. The future is out there. Peel the orange and see what’s inside. Each Sunday, guests are welcome to meet guest readers on a first come, first serve basis.  If mediums are all with guests, you'll be able to add your name to a waiting list and, they predict they'll be with you shortly.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Partys, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Psychic Sundays

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A “richly inventive, wonderfully perceptive” set of duets (Herald, U.K.) from acclaimed Scottish choreographer Janis Claxton. Over the course of nine encounters, pairs of dancers emerge from the crowds to offer ephemeral glimpses of love and affection, from overt flirtation to secret passions, all set to a gorgeous score by Pippa Murphy. A unanimous hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Duets will delight visitors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Dance Performances, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Duets: 2 Dancers in Rich, Inventive Choreography

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Come listen to jazz under the trees and watch the sun set behind the clouds with Alex Nguyen & Friends. Since arriving in NYC, trumpeter Alex Nguyen has been establishing himself for his distinctive lyrical and melodic style. The Savannah, Georgia native has garnered praise for his independent projects, including the Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, for which he arranges much of the material. Alex has appeared with such groups as the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, the Curtis Fuller Quintet, and Celebration of Lionel Hampton; and one of his compositions “The First Year” was featured on NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron’s album The Traveler. Alex is winner of the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Concerts, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Jazz in the Park with an Award-Winning Trumpeter

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Shakespeare's troubled prince in an outdoor production. Directed by George K. Wells Thursdays-Sundays; August 2-26, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Hamlet: Shakespeare Outdoors

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Performers: Something Positive Dance Company. Puerto Rican percussion ensemble Yuba Iré. Two celebrated Miami bands—Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos and PALO! In between, world-renowned DJs keep the vibe going with sets of remixed Yoruba songs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Yoruba Remixed: Music and Dance Inspired by West African Yoruba Traditions

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"A New York flutist, Ms. Baum (is) into tone color and timbre and the blending of languages, jazz, and 20th-century classical and Afro-Latin music. But she’s got an elegantly persuasive composing hand…"— New York TImes Jazz flutist/composer Jamie Baum teams up with flutist from Leszek Wiśniowski, considered the most interesting flutist in Polish jazz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Rhythms and melodies of Eastern Poland with orchestral jazz harmony

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A driver hits someone on a remote desert road -- animal or human -- but more importantly, did she kill it? In a panic, she drives off instead of checking. A hitchhiker, a witness, blackmails her for a ride. Thus begins the odyssey of two troubled women fleeing through a land as broken and in need of redemption as they. Director: Veena Sud Stars: Jamie Anne Allman, Diarra Kilpatrick, John Davis Walker 87 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, The Salton Sea (2016): She Saw What You Did

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Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola (Nikki M. James), a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke. Featuring music and lyrics by critically-acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub, this very special Twelfth Night is a unique partnership between two Public Theater programs that exemplify The Public’s commitment to radical inclusion. Oskar Eustis, The Public’s Artistic Director, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, incoming Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic, helm this unforgettable musical about love in all its many disguises.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musicals, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Twelfth Night: A Musical Re-Imagining of Shakespeare

Movie in a Park |


Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Featuring the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Benjamin Bratt. Directed by Adrian Molina 109 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:15 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, August 05, 2018, 08/05/2018, Coco (2017): Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film (outdoors)
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